Reckless, Intoxicated Driver Caused Crash on US 27
Date: July 24, 2013
Location: US 97, Bend
Names: Kyle T. Staton, Mathew D. Mokert
Police report that Mathew D. Mokert, 21, was attempting to make a U-turn on Highway 97 in the early evening. Kyle T. Staton, 22, of Prineville, was operating his Chevy Cavalier in the opposite lane when Mokert pulled in front of him. Staton attempted to stop his vehicle, but could not stop in time and collided with the passenger side of Mokert’s Toyota Camry.
Both men were seriously injured in the accident. Mokert, who was not wearing a safety belt at the time, was thrown into the passenger side seat of his vehicle during the impact. The driver of the Cavalier, Kyle Staton, was also seriously injured. It was not reported if he was wearing his seatbelt. Both he and Mokert were taken to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend to be treated. Their current conditions are not known and no details were given on their specific injuries.
Following the accident, Mokert was cited with drug-related intoxicated driving, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. It was not reported if any additional charges are pending.
We would like to extend our best wishes for a full recovery to both parties injured in the accident. We hope you have rapid and complete recoveries.
After an auto accident remember to:
1. Take care of your body:
- Get medical treatment and keep treating until stable.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for referrals and to seek out doctors you can trust.
- Keep all of your medical bills and medical records relating to the crash.
2. Collect evidence:
- Take photos at the scene of your car, their car, your injuries, and anything else that seems relevant.
- When you get home, write down any details you remember after the accident.
- File an Oregon Traffic and Insurance Report within 72 hours of the accident. Keep your copy.
- Get a copy of your police report (if one was filed).
- Keep track of the damage done to your vehicle and document repairs with photos.
- Do not give recorded statements to any insurance company without talking to a competent Portland car accident attorney.
3. Protect your rights:
- Read 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case
- Keep good records of your treatment, damages, lost wages, etc.
- Get all correspondence with insurance companies in writing.
- Find out your statute of limitations.
This process can feel confusing and overwhelming, especially when you are in pain and worried about your financial well-being. Remember, you can always contact an Oregon personal injury attorney for a free consultation and evaluation of your case if you need help.